ICP Time Course in Primary Intracerebral Hemorrhage
The criteria for making surgical decisions about primary intracerebral hemorrhages from arterial hypertension are still controversial. The removal of intracerebral hematomas has been advocated to relieve life-threatening intracranial hypertension or to prevent perifocal edema and hemorrhagic infarction from spreading into the surrounding parenchyma, thereby rendering the focal disorders irreversible. Nevertheless, only a few studies on intracranial pressure in such patients are available in literature (1, 5). In both reports ICP was measured only once through a lumbar puncture. We have studied ICP time course in a relatively homogeneous series of 79 patients. Our initial results have appeared in previous reports (2, 3, 6).
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